Industry News: $4k total cost saving for Corolla Hybrid

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This story first appeared in the July  issue of AutoTalk – CLICK HERE to download the magazine FREE

Toyota New Zealand is claiming the new Hybrid version of its ubiquitous Corolla will cost owners who drive mostly in the city $3857 over a five-year ownership period against the standard petrol model.

The company launched the car to media in Palmerston North last month, pushing the benefits of the new model in addition to some bold statements about the future of the industry.

General manager of sales and marketing Steve Prangnell impresses the point that hybrid is the best technology for now, and that while electric vehicles are the hot issue of the moment, the internal combustion engine is far from dead. Continue reading “$4k total cost saving for Corolla Hybrid” »

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Industry News: Japan and EU GPS connect for benefit of autonomous driving

GPSThe Japanese government and the European Union plan to connect their global positioning systems to speed up the development of autonomous driving technology.

If all goes as planned, Japan’s Quasi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS) and the EU’s Galileo will be linked as early as 2018. The link will be a common digital language that the systems will use to transmit information. This will allow driverless cars and auto parts developed for the Japanese market to be shipped and used outside Japan.

The Japanese government and the European Commission have launched discussions on integrating the systems. Among the companies taking part are Mitsubishi Electric, Hitachi Zosen and NTT Data of Japan as well as Thales, a big defense and electronics company from France. Continue reading “Japan and EU GPS connect for benefit of autonomous driving” »

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Industry News: US military conscripts Kiwis’ favourite utes

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New Zealand’s favourite utilities are being called up for a new combat role where they retain their factory appearance but possess military grade vehicle electronics, suspension, night vision, ballistic protection, and tyres designed to survive small arms fire.

The US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) is ordering a fleet of modified Toyota Hilux, Toyota Land Cruiser 70, and Ford Ranger utes for evaluation in the field, from a non-profit defense contractor in Ohio.

The Battelle Memorial Institute won the US$170 million SOCOM contract to produce armoured and unarmoured vehicles for the next five years at its manufacturing facility in West Columbus. Continue reading “US military conscripts Kiwis’ favourite utes” »

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Industry News: Time to change your approach

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Time to change your approach - PICFrom time to time it’s a good idea to look at what youâ??re doing and how you’re doing it and to put yourself in your customers position.

This simple approach can get you off to a better start by demonstrating empathy with your customers and shifting your focus from trying too hard to sell them products to a position of making your products easy for them to understand and accept.

I spend a lot of my time working with dealerships throughout the country and believe the biggest objection to a customerâ??s acceptance of finance and insurance products often lies in the approach, and I’m not just talking about the way the products are pitched but when, how and why they are presented. Continue reading “Time to change your approach” »

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Industry News: Caltex’s AA smartfuel deal will cost Z Energy

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Z Energy, which is completing the integration of the Caltex fuel stations and Challenge! brand, has warned investors that it expects earnings to be $5 million lower due to Caltex’s deal with AA Smartfuel.

In a statement published to the NZX, Z Energy says that after it had completed due diligence but before the sale was completed, “Caltex renewed its AA Smartfuel contract”. Details of the contract aren’t being disclosed, but it will hit profit between the calendar year 2015 and 2016. Continue reading “Caltex’s AA smartfuel deal will cost Z Energy” »

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Industry News: Increase profit, lower risks

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Increase profit, lower risks - PICIf you thought you could increase your profit, and at the same time lower your risk of mechanical issues while increasing customer satisfaction by having a first-class 24/7 breakdown service, would you want to know more?

Selling 100% of your products to 100% of your customers 100% of the time? Sounds ambitious, and to be fair, it is. However, the question you should ask yourself is whether your customers are really being offered every opportunity to protect their investment.

Not every dealership can sustain — or requires — a full-time business manager. But every dealership should have at least one trained finance and insurance specialist, whether that is a salesperson or the business owner. You have a legal obligation to offer all insurance products to your customers. Continue reading “Increase profit, lower risks” »

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Industry News: Volvo’s NZ sales outpacing global growth

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Kiwis-ordering-plug-ins-before-test-drive-–-Volvo-PIC-Caption-Coby-DugganVolvo says it is on track for a third consecutive record year of growth in New Zealand – despite international production shortfalls of its most popular models.

Volvo’s national manager for NZ, Coby Duggan, says Volvo is now one of New Zealand’s fastest growing luxury car brands with mid-year sales tracking 54% ahead of the previous year-to-date figures.

Duggan says the growth is being driven by large SUV sales and this is expected to continue. Continue reading “Volvo’s NZ sales outpacing global growth” »

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Industry News: CoolDrive acquires Auckland Auto Air

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CoolDrive, one of Australasia’s largest automotive parts distributors, has completed the first phase of its expansion into the New Zealand market with the acquisition of Auckland Auto Air.

Business partners for over 30 years, Auckland Auto Air was both CoolDrive’s first customer in New Zealand and its original distributor. Respective business owners John Blanchard from CoolDrive and Barry Rogers from Auckland Auto Air sat on the original VASA committee together.

Along with its recent acquisitions of Direct Auto Parts and Total Air Conditioning, the purchase of Auckland Auto Air enables CoolDrive to offer the New Zealand market a comprehensive range of automotive and air conditioning parts. Continue reading “CoolDrive acquires Auckland Auto Air” »

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